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Dec 9, 2012 2:00pm EST
you, john, and thank all of you for braving the weather and coming out, and thanks especially to the co-sponsors who joined ips in this and the afl-cio for making in the room available. it's wonderful to see so many people here and so many old friends here. so thank you all very much. i will try to not talk for too long. i have my watch. i didn't have it one time when i was speaking at yale, and i'm delighted to see some of my students from yale here, and i ran over real badly, and i apologized for not having my watch and letting things get out of hand, and students said, that east okay, dean speth, there's a calendar on the wall behind you. [laughter] it's good to be here, also, on the first anniversary of occupy wall street, a momentous event. i want to tell you about the book, and i hope it'll interest you enough to -- i'll interest you enough to read it. let me begin with a personal note. i decided to get into this subject thinking about my grandchildren. we have five already and six coming soon, and i began to ask myself, you know, what's the america that we'd like to see
Dec 9, 2012 7:45am EST
for a while working with john pope, and that worked out pretty well, too. when they captured the island in april 1862. part of this sequence of union successes in the spring of 1862 which then did come to an end, so if there is informal cooperation between the two of them it works pretty well. but as they see themselves as rivals, it's not going to work. >> look at halleck and grant in 1862. halleck is worrying about grant. >> give us a sense of the state of, the evolving state in terms of shifting and as 1861 most 1862 and sort of changes, radically in terms of enlistme enlistment. >> start with me? yeah, one of the things about the civil war, and i think it's particularly to the civil war navies, it's a tonic pivot point in history. things have been changing for some time. the telegraph comes in in the 1840s but railroads already expanding across the continent. but the application of these large-scale want to the workers, were terribly new, in land were probably arguably, the most immediate impact was the rifle, shoulder musket which dramatically extended the range of soldiers could f
Dec 9, 2012 7:00pm EST
recounts the life of joseph p. kennedy patriarch of the political family that included president john f. kennedy and senators robert f. kennedy and edward kennedy. the author examines joseph kennedy's career in business and politics, which included ventures in wall street, hollywood and the founding chairman of the securities and exchange commission. this is a little under an hour. [applause] >> thank you, all. delighted to be here. as i tell my history students at the city university of new york in the ph.d. program -- thank you. [laughter] as i tell my history students until they want to choke me the past is a foreign country. we can visit, try to learn the customs and the white smith the fragrances, recoil at the foul odors but we are foreigners in a strange land. this is true as much in the recent past as it is of colonial america or 12th century venice. writing about the recent past is not easy as it is this time around. first there are people you have to talk to. and while i was blessed from beginning to end by having some fascinating people to talk to about joe kennedy including
Dec 9, 2012 10:00pm EST
, handsome brother john briggs, a close friend and hannibal and neo-nazi former class may. twain had passed our set at stalls ground-floor barbershop in basements and bass on montgomery street. a third affair he likened to just save being on main street in hannibal in meeting the old familiar faces. the extensive chunk of granite dome is the montgomery block dominated the southeast corner of montgomery and washington streets. numbers 722 and 724, montgomery. identical gresh tobacco warehouse, melodeon theater and now the turkish bath were trained parboiled the fire ms. sawyer install, another good friend. twain study discards them have to do of dirt. it was cold and sweaty in his path. he took a swig. a few droplets caught in this horseshoe mustache and he left them there. he found as he played poker, smoking one of his wheeling long sandwich report that the could kill it 30 yards. he become addicted when he was a reporter in the mississippi. huffing contributed his own cause to the roiling steam. twain bought the long, disgusting licorice flavored ropes by the basketful including the barre
Dec 8, 2012 1:30pm EST
. it got me out of john stossel's apartment. but then he asked me to come back in. we had coffee. the big point, there are a lot of points but the big point is everything sensible becomes mean and everything that becomes justified under the rubric of tolerance so the joke about taking your pants off in the library is now tolerable, saying i don't want that happening is narrow minded if we are in a world -- outmoded, irrelevant, bad. i want to talk about the fact that i met the reagan library which is amazing. of all the presidents that i met, he is my favorite. [applause] >> he is the only president i have met. i want to tell you how that happened. i don't know many people to have met him and i was lucky. in 1987-'88 i worked for the american spectator which was run by bob gerald. an interesting guy. for i went to the drugstore lot picking up mysterious things. i won't get into this further. 5 with paid, my take-home pay was $360 for two weeks. i lived with two elderly ladies on george mason drive in arlington, va.. i had nothing. when somebody complains about tried to find a job by 65 li
Dec 8, 2012 5:00pm EST
this emotionally charged tough vision of fighting the cold war is john wayne. john wayne those independent in 1952, breaks from the studio system and makes his very own film. has anyone seen big jim mclean? it is a great movie to see and in fact if you have time tonight if you go to youtube and put into the box john wayne beats up commies you will get the final scene of big jim mclean and you can watch it because it is an enjoyable moments. what the story line which comes out in the time the election is heating up and by the way john wayne is a political character, he is very big in the reelect mccarty movement. he is also asked after the convention what do you think about the ticket and mccarty says i think dick nixon will make a fine vice president. no mention of eisenhower because he doesn't really like eisenhower. that is joseph mccarthy obviously but that is the person that wayne is biggest in support of and big jim mclean is out in 1952, the story of a tough guy, big jim, constantly mentioned that he is 6 foot 3 or something throughout the movie on many occasions. he is working for the house
Dec 10, 2012 6:30am EST
this evening. my name is charles. i'm a grad student at johns hopkins university. i had a question for you related to dan mudd's testimony when he talks about the series debate that occurred around 2005, fanny, whereby he mentions whether to stay the course, and stay, remain as a niche player in the mortgage market, or to enter into some private market as a means to capture additional market share and stay competitive with what was occurring at that time. my question is, if fanny and mudd would have stayed the course and not gone so heavily into the subprime our alt-a market, what would've happened or where would they be today? .. >> beginning of '06 worsened the situation for the whole country and for themselves. dan mudd would argue no matter what we had done, we couldn't have survived 2008. i think we'll never really know that. but we do know that what they did made things worse. >> do you have a comment on that? >> yes. as i indicated, my view is that this was building over a very long period of time, and it really started -- if you look at nominal house price increases, they tarted na
Dec 9, 2012 10:45pm EST
, the jury at yorktown. it's a little over an hour. >> good evening, everyone. my name is john hiatt bush and i had the honor of being executive director of the ronald reagan presidential foundation. and it's my pleasure to welcome all of you here in this rainy evening. in honor of our men and women in uniform to defend our freedom around the world, if you would please stand and join me for the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. thank you, please be seated. >> before we get started i'd like to have guests tonight. a date to begin with a welcome to one of the members of our board of trustees and the former governor of the state of california, pete wilson. governor. [applause] also with us tonight is our terrific congressman from houston guy really is retiring after 26 years. [applause] are scum her supervisor, foy. [applause] for the city who are patient enough to go through the book signing line, just prior to the event this e
Dec 8, 2012 11:00pm EST
no soul. no lazar form of entertainment. makes it the literary equivalent of another line of elton john allen. why write something new? thank you for the effort. i can't wait until you put it back in theaters next year, and it's the same. a poll this book for my shelf. so the truth this, all kidding aside, the book is not a greatest hits book. it was just a joke to one of the tell. their rig this amazing encyclopedia with amazing injuries kind you really should read it. the city of this that i am on my shelf. this is truly the first hardcover book i ever bought. it's as much love as i can show anything. there is knowing in without dave barry. pat quinn of -- no one made fun of kraft earlier. with that said, without further ado. [applause] >> thank you so much. the onion would never write him back. folks cannot my name is will tracy. this is our new book. 183rd imperial addition. encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge, anything in the world that exists is in this book. anything that is not in the book does not come in fact, exist. so dave's new book is not in this book so it does not,
Dec 9, 2012 12:00am EST
. it is on a rise there was a battle there. >> there is a new book about john rand paul the guy who surveyed the grid the maker of the grid. i read it. it confirmed the idea that what we are learning is the book that we have discussed here is beautiful and the adr what this city was it is called mahatta it is a book of mountain and hills and it could help us to go forward. i don't think to think that is gone. this new book talks to lot of people who surveyed the land all over the city the really amazing thing that they find is how much of the landscape is still the landscape. the hill behind was top-down. the percentage is going up how much remains. that is a big thing. >> did another point* they were taking them down tilt -- downtown yes then you come up the hill. >> you don't feel it. >> was training for the marathon and carnegie hill is still a hill on the upper east side. the big news is there is a lot there. recently did a project with an artist at the gucci museum and she showed house since that creek was still there but i wrote to about the history of the creek but the landscape that
Dec 9, 2012 1:00pm EST
. john mccain said, you can account for that 9 percent popularity of congress during the debt ceiling crisis by blood relatives and paid staffers. we saw it by focusing on congress weekend above the diagnose the problem and give some prescriptions for how to overcome it. >> what is one of those prescriptions? >> well, one of those prescriptions is very simple, which is, congressmen need to exercise mixing mind sets, by putting aside the campaigning mindset long enough to govern. and adopting the compromise might said. in order to do that they have to have relationships. so they should spend more time in washington and less time raising money. people we will say, oh, but that is going to hurt them in the next election. well, what we say is that politicians to enter politics just to be stand on principle. very few people think politicians -- attracted to politics because there were the responsible people. there were attracted to politics because they want to govern, so it takes lead. takes relationships. we have this phrase which is familiarity leads attempts. it is no accident, that te
Dec 9, 2012 5:45pm EST
or pakistani sources, but it's according to john burns of the new "new york times" that places the corruption at $2 billion to $3 billion. >> so you don't approve? >> i wouldn't vote for him, no. [laughter] >> this, of course, has been the struggle and the tragedy of pakistan over a long period of time that when something like democratic elections occur, the sighfullian leaderships that take office fail the mandate that brought them there, and they often fail in space that's pinched and constrained by the military and the intelligent purposes. we were talking before we came out that the army's out putting tv ads up bragging about the performance in the flood as if it's something they -- out of the ordinary that an army would do. >> yes. >> so are we in a phase that's going to feel repetitious? lead to another military intervention? is there an alternative future in your estimation? >> well, you know, there's a nightmare merry-go-round you see in pakistani poll sick -- politics. heafter he was made president -- we don't call them elections, we call them selections. the same selections that bro
Dec 8, 2012 2:45pm EST
introduction. i want to thank karen, colin robinson and john oakes. the american jewish romance with israel is both ordinary and extraordinary. american jewish concern over israel is not so different from the long-distance nationalism of cuban-americans, irish-americans, indian americans and palestinian americans who are physically in the state that virtually or vicariously over there but the differences are no less important to make this a special case. very few american jews are of is really gorgeous. israel as always been projection screen for american jews, phantasmagorical region of the mind as much as an actual country. another more salient distinction is the exceptional physician that israel occupies, israel is america's closest ally of part from saudi arabia. in spite of its small population the jewish by considerable margin the biggest recipient of u.s. aid $3 billion annually. israel is also an occupying power, born of war in which two thirds of the indigenous population was driven from their land, israel went on to expand its borders further in 1967 when it conquered the west ban
Dec 8, 2012 7:00pm EST
. what chartered the unprecedented legislation? just before past the late senator john heinz uncovered hidden agenda in the paul volcker plan. this so important i am going to reenact the conversation. ready? >> mr. chairman we have agreed the deficit is bad. but in my experience with congress is anything to go by, there will have to be a crisis to fix it. my question is, a you prepared to bring about the necessary crisis the year continued restrictive monetary policy? he could hardly believe his years. to avoid a political suicide, i will just say as a matter of general philosophical approach and feel very strongly it is not our job to artificially provoke a crisis. then they say mr. chairman i never intimated that was part of your thinking and he said iowa's cent absolutely sure about that. then hines says but maybe the inevitable consequence. paul volcker cannot law old ally -- tala lie and then in fact, it confirms the hidden agenda to maintain painfully high interest rates so monetary policy could go up. of final confirmation this after the bell was passed senator phil gramm called
Dec 9, 2012 9:00am EST
? >> some of then you have. one of them is the case of john and judy dollar right now selling bunnies and a little town. they were fined $90,000 for having the wrong permit. the government said you can pay on our website. $90,000. if you don't pay in 30 days euless $3 million. this is the kind of stuff that your government is doing to bully people, and we, frankly, think it need to stop. they're doing the same with confiscating people's land in san you can build on it because it's a wet land even though there is no water or stream or pond on the land. >> as a senator what can you do to the changed policy? >> we have looked at some of these things, and we have now constructive legislation to try to fix them. on the wetlands we say, the clean water act says you can't discharge pollutants into navigable waters. i know have a problem with that, but your backyard is not navigable water, and there is not a pollutant. we try to redefine the clean water act to make sure they're not putting people in prison for putting things they're in their backyard. that is what has been happening. a woman
Dec 9, 2012 10:30am EST
of the revolution. but there's a new book coming out about rambo, john rambo, the guy who surveyed the grid, the maker of the grid. and i read it and i confirmed this ideal. there's this idea out they are that what we're learning is -- i mean, the book i believe we discussed here, that look at the beautiful book and has this idea of what the city was. this beautiful place of mountains and hills. it says we should understand is that we should know that because that can help us as we go forward. but i don't like to think that that's gone. this new book about randall todd to a lot of people about who surveyed the land in the city and are looking at randall's old survey and passionate canals are very. the really amazing thing they are finding more and more is how much of the landscape still is the landscape. so yeah, absolutely. though that was behind the pond, chopped down. there is a cobble hill and brooklyn, chopped down. the percentage is going out there not been up as to how much remains. that is a big, big. >> i remember reading that one point in the civil war they said we went uphill, no
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